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76 Quotes That Teach Life Lessons

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Here, we’ve culled together a collection of quotes that will teach you important lessons about life. (It’s sort of like a cheat sheet.)

So whether it’s living life to the fullest, or finding meaning in everything that you do, these quotes are sure to help point you in the right direction.

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Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.Mary Oliver

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.Annette Funicello

Do What's Right For You

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.Elizabeth Green

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.George Carlin

Seek to learn constantly while you live; do not wait in the faith that old age by itself will bring wisdom.Solon

You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.Vivienne Westwood

It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.J.K. Rowling

We are not on this earth to accumulate victories, things, and experiences… but to be whittled and sandpapered until what’s left is who we truly are.Arianna Huffington

Don't Be Sorry

If they don’t know you personally, don’t take it personal.Unknown

Life isn’t fair. A fair’s a place where you eat corn dogs and ride the ferris wheel.Jennifer Brown

You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.Jamie Tworkowski

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. Rilke

You have to believe in yourself. That’s the secret.Charlie Chaplin

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Henry David Thoreau

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.Cheryl Strayed

Do Yourself A Favor

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.Robert Brault

Life is so much easier with a sense of humor.Unknown

The best advice I’ve ever received is: ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either.’Ricky Gervais

Never chase love, affection, or attention. If it isn’t given freely by another person, it isn’t worth having.Unknown

Sometimes rejection in life is really redirection.Tavis Smiley

Always be kinder than you feel.Unknown

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.Doris Lessing

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and with that one, is what we are doing. Annie Dillard

Nothing will ruin your twenties more than thinking you should already have your life together.Unknown

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.Denis Waitley

Be Here Now

Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life.Ziad K. Abdelnour

Embrace the glorious mess that you are.Elizabeth Gilbert

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.Kurt Cobain

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. Marcus Aurelius

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A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.Unknown

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed… never throw out anyone.Audrey Hepburn

Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.Regina Brett

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key. The Eagles

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins

The coolest thing is when you don’t care about being cool.Rick Owens

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. Charles R. Swindoll

Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.Tyler Knott Gregson

Live Your Dream

Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack.Unknown

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.Howard Thurman

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain

If you don’t do wild things while you’re young, you’ll have nothing to smile about when you’re old.Unknown

Your mood should not dictate your manners.Unknown

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. Muhammad Ali

Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. Knowing what must be done does away with fear.Rosa Parks

Take Time To Do Nothing

Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good. Sir Nicholas Winton

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Life’s too short to be anything but happy. Unknown

In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry; be happy. Bobby McFerrin

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.Denis Waitley

Short cuts make long delays.J.R.R. Tolkien

Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head.Unknown

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. Morrie Schwartz

Love life and life will love you back.Unknown

Wrong Choices Right Places

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. Dale Carnegie

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.Regina Brett

Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.Unknown

The man who is intoxicated with life does not pass judgment, does not seek to come to a conclusion, does not impose his message on the world. Henry Miller

Don’t worry what people think, they don’t do it very often.Unknown

In life, we will always encounter difficult people. Don’t allow them to frustrate you or steal your joy.Unknown

There’s always two sides to every story.Unknown

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

The more you overthink the less you will understand.Habeeb Akande

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell

Life Is Short Smile

If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.Claire Cook

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different. C.S. Lewis

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